Today is Mother's Day
Gift your Mother a health check-up
"Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all" So, on Mother's Day this year, gift your Mother a health check-up.
Heart disease is an important cause of death in women. A large percentage of women in India are prone to heart disease. Many among these remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated. It is not only working women, housewives too are at risk.
The risk of heart disease is rising due to factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, day to day stress and an unhealthy diet. The symptoms of heart attack in women differ from those in men. Instead of the classical symptom of chest pain, symptoms such as indigestion, shortness of breath, back pain, pain in arm, jaw pain, nausea, lightheadedness are more common in women, which are often not recognized as a heart attack. Women generally present 10 years later than men and with greater risk factor burden.
An annual physical check-up is recommended after the age of 30 for Indians as against 40 in Americans. The check-up may be done earlier starting at age 20 if there is a family history, which if normal, must be repeated every three years till the age of 30 when one should start annual check-ups.